One of Switzerland’s most decorated player of all time, 34 year old Christoph Hofbauer, has decided to retire from floorball due to knee issues, Wiler-Ersigen announces.
Ever since the World Floorball Championship semifinal 2016 against Sweden, Christoph Hofbauer hasn’t been able to play a single game. Despite a lot of rehabilitation and a knee operation in May, his knee isn’t good enough to continue playing.
The Wiler-Ersigen icon has been on an incredible journey with the club. He’s been a big contributor to the team’s rise to league dominance in the beginning of the century , and no less than 9 times has he become Swiss champions. On top of that he’s won the Swiss cup twice and became European champion in 2005 when they defeated SSL team Pixbo Wallenstam 9-1 in the final.
Hofbauer has remained loyal with his club throughout his career. Besides a 2-year trip to the Swedish Super League and IBK Dalen with his brother Mathias, he hasn’t played for another club than Wiler-Ersigen in the NLA. In total he has played 405 games where he managed to score no less than 630 points, divided into 374 goals and 256 assists.
His career in the national team is one that will go down in Swiss floorball history as well. He’s made 128 appearances – 3rd most of all time, next to his brother and Michael Zürich. In those 128 games 154 points were made, averaging 1.2 points per game. Between 2006 and 2016 he played 7 World Championships with Switzerland, and gathered 4 bronze medals.